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AirAsia's future in doubt due to virus; share price tumbles

Kuala Lumpur - The future of top regional budget carrier AirAsia is in "significant doubt" after the collapse in travel demand caused by coronavirus, its auditor warned, sending the airline's share price tumbling nearly 18 percent on Wednesday.

AirAsia's future in doubt due to virus; share price tumbles

Kuala Lumpur - The future of top regional budget carrier AirAsia is in "significant doubt" due to the collapse in demand for air travel caused by coronavirus, its auditor warned, sending its share price tumbling 18 percent on Wednesday.

Greece reopens islands to flights in bid to save tourism season

Corfu - Greece on Wednesday reopened flights to its flagship island destinations as it raced to salvage a portion of the annual tourism season that is vital to its economy.

Pakistan's PIA suspended in Europe over fake pilot licence scandal

Karachi - Regulators have barred Pakistan International Airlines from the European Union for six months after the state-run carrier grounded nearly a third of its pilots for holding fake or dubious licences, officials said Tuesday.

Boeing 737 MAX test flight takes off in Seattle

Seattle - US regulators launched a test flight of the Boeing 737 MAX on Monday, a key step in recertifying the jet that has grounded for more than a year following two fatal crashes.

EU delays decision on border reopening

Apo - The EU cannot agree on a list of "safe countries" from where travellers could visit Europe in July, with some member states requiring more time to decide, diplomats said Saturday.

Iran to send black boxes of downed Ukraine jet to France

Paris - Iran will send to France next month the black boxes from a Ukrainian passenger jet that Tehran's armed forces mistakenly shot down in January, killing all 176 people on board, French aviation investigators said Friday.

Australia's Qantas cuts 6,000 jobs over COVID impact

Sydney - Australia's Qantas is cutting 6,000 staff and grounding 100 planes for up to a year in a US$10 billion cost-cutting blitz in response to the COVID crisis, the airline announced Thursday.

Lufthansa wins EU backing for state rescue as key vote looms

Frankfurt Am Main - German airline Lufthansa was poised to clear a key shareholder vote on its nine billion euro ($10 billion) state rescue Thursday, boosted by the EU's green light and the last-minute backing of a billionaire investor who had the power to veto the plan.

Pompeo sees US-EU travel breakthrough within weeks

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that he expected a solution "in the coming weeks" that would allow travel to restart between the United States and Europe.

Pilots' virus chat blamed for deadly Pakistan plane crash

Islamabad - The pilots of a plane that crashed last month in Pakistan, killing 98 people, were pre-occupied by the coronavirus crisis and tried to land with the aircraft's wheels still up, according to initial official reports released Wednesday.

Human error caused Pakistan plane crash that killed 97: initial report

Islamabad - A plane crash which killed 97 people in Pakistan last month was because of human error by the pilot and air traffic control, according to an initial report into the disaster released Wednesday.

Mysterious 'UFO' captures imaginations in Japan

Apo - It's hardly the stuff of little green men, but a mysterious balloon-like object seen floating across the skies of northern Japan has captured national attention, even prompting questions to the government.

Iran to send Ukraine jet black boxes to France 'soon': Trudeau

Ottawa - Iran has said it will "soon" send France the black boxes of a Ukrainian jetliner its forces mistakenly shot down in January, Canada's prime minister said Tuesday.

Greece reopens for tourists, but UK flights barred for now

Athens - As Greece prepares to reopen for foreign visitors in a bid to get its crucial tourism sector back on its feet, the government said Friday that flights from coronavirus hotspots such as Britain would not be allowed in, at least for now.

Airlines improvise gradual liftoff as lockdowns ease

Frankfurt Am Main - Cabin crews on standby with destinations revealed only hours before the flight, pilots put on simulators to keep up to date -- an airline restarting after the pandemic is a far cry from the clockwork precision of the pre-coronavirus world.

Cyprus welcomes first tourist flights since March

Larnaca - Cyprus welcomed its first tourists after nearly three months of coronavirus lockdown on Tuesday with flights scheduled from Israel, Greece and Bulgaria.

Cathay Pacific unveils US$5 billion bailout plan

Fpo - Troubled Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific announced a HK$39 billion ($5 billion) government-led bailout plan on Tuesday as it battles a crippling downturn caused by the coronavirus.

China to allow limited US passenger flights

Bejing - China on Thursday said foreign airlines blocked from operating in the country over virus fears would be allowed to resume limited flights, lifting a de facto ban on US carriers, a day after Washington ordered the suspension of all Chinese travel into a...

US suspends flights by Chinese airlines in new spat with Beijing

Washington - Washington on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all flights by Chinese airlines into and out of the United States after Beijing failed to allow American carriers to resume services to China.

Bird may have caused Canada air force aerobatics plane to crash

Montr - A bird may have caused a plane from an elite Canadian air force aerobatics team to crash, resulting in the death of one team member and injury to another, the defence department said Monday.

UN agency recommends health guidelines for airlines

Montr - Mask wearing, temperature controls, disinfection of aircraft: the International Civil Aviation Organization on Monday published a series of health recommendations for the pandemic-hit airline industry as it relaunches air travel.

German engineer on China charter flight tests positive for coronavirus

Bejing - A German engineer on the first flight carrying European workers back to China has tested positive for coronavirus as an asymptomatic carrier, local authorities said Sunday.

Germany, Brussels seal pact on Lufthansa rescue plan: sources

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany and the European Commission have reached agreement on a giant Berlin-funded rescue plan for coronavirus-hit Lufthansa, a Commission spokeswoman and a source close to the negotiations said Friday.

In Senegal, the struggles of a small airline during coronavirus

Dakar - Launching an airline in Africa is a notorious challenge in a continent and sector where opportunities are often crimped by regulations and national champions are dominant.

Shares in Latin America's biggest airline drop 35% after bankruptcy filing

Santiago - Shares in Latin America's largest airline plunged 35 percent on the Santiago stock exchange on Tuesday after LATAM filed for bankruptcy in the US.

Confusion, jitters as Indian domestic flights resume

New Delhi - Domestic flights resumed in India on Monday even as coronavirus cases surge, while confusion about quarantine rules prompted jitters among passengers and the cancellation of dozens of planes.

Survivor recalls horror of Pakistan plane crash that killed 97

Karachi - One of the two people to survive a plane crash in Pakistan that killed 97 people on board has described jumping from the burning wreckage of the aircraft after it hurtled into a residential neighbourhood.

80 bodies recovered, more feared dead in Pakistan plane crash

Karachi - A total of 80 bodies have been recovered after a Pakistani plane crashed with nearly 100 people on board in the southern city of Karachi on Friday, provincial health officials said in a statement, with more feared dead.

41 bodies recovered, dozens more feared dead in Pakistan plane crash

Karachi - More than 40 bodies have been recovered after a Pakistani plane crashed with nearly 100 people on board in the southern city of Karachi on Friday, the airline said, with dozens more feared dead.
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